Resource Administration and Management (RAM)
Degree Offered: M.S.
Beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, the MS in Resource Administration and Management program will no longer be accepting new students. Current MS in Resource Administration and Management students will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate.
Students interested in this field should consider the natural resources degree option in environmental economics or environmental conservation and sustainability.
The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment coordinates the interdisciplinary master of science degree program in resource administration and management. Students may specialize in management of publicly and privately owned natural resources or in administration of natural resource laws and policies.
Applicants are expected to have completed either an undergraduate degree in the field in which they plan to specialize or show adequate preparation in the basic support courses of the field. A minimum of one course in each of the areas of ecology or natural resources, intermediate microeconomics, and introductory statistics is required. Persons having professional experience in resource administration, management, or related areas receive priority for admittance to the program. An applicant is required to submit an essay of up to 2,000 words describing his or her background and goals.
Applicants with good undergraduate records who lack a background in a particular field may be admitted to a program, provided they are prepared to correct the deficiencies. Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Resource Administration & Management (RAM)
RAM 867 - Social Impact Assessment
A cross-disciplinary perspective on the issues, problems, and methods of Social Impact Assessment (SIA). The analytic approach and theoretical framework provided applied to the assessment of very diverse events--changes in the natural environment, local economy, or dominant technology. SIA is required of most U.S. and Canadian federal and state sponsored projects that come under the National Environmental Protection Act, to include tourism, park and recreation development, highways, reservoirs, timber production, hazardous waste disposal, as well as policy issues. SIA is also required for all projects funded by international donor agencies such as USIA, the World Bank, and private international development agencies.
RAM 896 - Investigations
A) Resource Administration; B) Resource Management; C) Resource Policy; D) Public Laws and Resources. Prereq: permission. May be repeated.
RAM 911 - Natural and Environmental Resource Management
Fundamental economic, aesthetic, and ethical principles involved in the management of natural resources. Ways to apply these principles in the formulation and evaluation of resource management policies, including the management of specific renewable resources, soils, water, forests, and wildlife. Prereq: permission. (Also offered as RECO 911.) (Offered every other year.)